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Content posted in November 2022
Safaricom launches M-Pesa Go for youth
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Kenyan telecoms operator Safaricom has launched a youth-oriented service, M-Pesa Go, which aims to teach digital financial skills to young people.
Kenya's NCBA eyes M-Shwari expansion deals
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Kenyan NCBA Group is reportedly ready to launch mobile phone banking services M-Shwari in Ghana, Ethiopia and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Ghana begins SIM deactivation after court victory
  • Matshepo Sehloho
Telcos in Ghana have started deactivating SIM cards that have not completed a mandated registration process and the high court has ruled that the NCA's registration deadline is valid.
Telkom SA will decide on Rain merger by December
  • Paula Gilbert
Telkom SA CEO Serame Taukobong said the group will make a decision by the end of 2022 about whether to acquire fellow operator Rain but is still open to buyout discussions with MTN.
Podcast: SES CTO on software-defined satellites
  • Connecting Africa Video
CTO Ruy Pinto met up with Light Reading on site at Boeing Satellite in El Segundo, California, earlier this month with an update on the scheduled O3b mPower satellite launch.
OneWeb expands African satellite reach
  • Paula Gilbert
Global telecoms and satellite provider OneWeb is growing its presence in Africa, announcing three partnership deals on the continent during November 2022.
Interview: Fadi Pharaon on Ericsson's 5G rollout in Africa
  • Sponsored Video
President of Ericsson Middle East and Africa, Fadi Pharaon, spoke to Connecting Africa at the Africa Tech Festival about trends that Ericsson is seeing in the industry and the status of 5G on the continent. #sponsored
Orange launches 5G in Botswana
  • Paula Gilbert
Orange's new commercial 5G network in Botswana is the company's first in Africa, with six more countries in the pipeline for 2023.
SA's Isizwe launches Kayamandi low-cost prepaid fiber project
  • Paula Gilbert
South African Internet company Isizwe has launched a prepaid, low-cost fiber network in the Kayamandi township in Stellenbosch, with ambitions to roll out connectivity to tens of thousands of previously unconnected residents and spread similar projects across Africa.
Accelerating Africa's business opportunities with an adaptable 5G
  • Partner Perspectives
Connecting Africa sat down with Red Hat Principal Product Marketing Manager, Rob McManus, to talk about how telecommunications service providers can embrace new technology to better capitalize on the opportunities presented by 5G. #sponsored
Connecting Africa Podcast: S2 Ep. 1 – Talent wars
  • Paula Gilbert
The Connecting Africa Podcast is back with a new season. We welcome new co-host Matshepo Sehloho to the team and discuss Africa's tech skills pipeline and the battle between startups and global tech giants to recruit and keep African talent.
AWS to open office in Nigeria
  • Paula Gilbert
Nigeria will become the second African country with an Amazon Web Services (AWS) office, with plans for a Lagos office announced by the cloud giant.
Mastercard eyes African fintech potential
  • Paula Gilbert
Mastercard VP Muhammad Nana spoke with Connecting Africa on the sidelines of MWC Africa about the growth potential in Africa's fintech sector and how Mastercard is partnering and investing in local fintech companies.


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